R E S U M E

Twenty-five years of experience in the arts and business. Proven ability to paint, sculpt, create, write, teach, organize, and plan in several disciplines -- the arts, languages, computers -- and communicate these ideas to people of all backgrounds. Substantial knowledge of Contemporary Art and the arts of various cultural groups. Sought by many contemporary artists and galleries for catalogue writing and expertise. Ability to view current issues in light of the past, learn complex subjects, conceptualize new information, and explain them with great clarity. Knowledge of various forms of technology and business relating to much of the work of the student body. Innovative, problem solver, and motivator. Loves to teach, write, and develop programs that bring the arts to the community, especially to those having limited exposure to the arts so that they find the beauty and wonder the arts bring to their lives.

 

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, New York University
  • Master of Art, Hunter College, City University of New York
  • Bachelor of Art, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
  • Mexican Archeology, Contemporary Art, Literature and Dance at University of Mexico City
  • Computer programming courses at UCLA, as well as numerous computer and management courses while working for Unisys and Martin Marietta Corporation.

Administrative

First Training Coordinator for the Martin Marietta Corporation / County of Orange Contract in Santa Ana, CA.
Establish many educational computer programs for diverse people in various levels of responsibilities. Introduced "Portable University" program which allows employees, with limited time, the opportunity to learn with audio and video equipment. Introduced "Lunchtime Learning" showing various informative videos during two lunchtimes a week. Responsible for preparing and maintaining training budget, coordinating training needs with the County of Orange, and preparing training materials.

Program Director of the Pasadena Arts Workshop
(Renamed the Armory Center for the Arts)

Supervised all aspects of classes, hired all artistic/educational personnel, budgeted supplies, and maintained inventory, organized exhibitions, as well as innovative programs such as those for minorities, handicapped, and ethnic arts, joint museum programs, with Norton Simon, Getty, and Pacific Asia Museums. Enhanced and increased caliber of the Master Artist programs to include artists such as Tony DeLap, Betye Saar, Peter Shelton, Gifford Meyers, and Varnette Honeywood.

President of the Museum Educators of Southern California (MESC).
Encouraged inter-museum communication. Was instrumental in planning a three-day conference at three museum sites (LACMA, Getty Museum, and the Japanese American Culture & Community Center) for 83 professionals from 46 facilities. Conference resulted in greater overall attendance, increased membership, and expanded dialogue between museums and galleries.

Writing

Freelance Writer: Writes catalogues for artists and art exhibitions, including Jose Luis Cuevas with Spanish translation, David Hockney, and Ku Lim Kim at the Modern Museum of Art in Santa Ana. Compiled catalogues for Myrella Moses, Mark Leysen, Wolf Gowin, and for "Currents" in Laguna Beach, CA., as well as for Jerry Wayne Downs, for the first art exhibition at the Museum of History and Science in Seattle, Washington.

Participated in the writing of the Teachers Guide for the exhibition "Times of the Jaguar: The Arts and Cultures of Ancient Mexico", sponsored by the LACMA and the National Museums of Mexico. Poem and Essay exhibited in the "Art for Life's Sake" at the Irvine Marketplace, and the "Aids" exhibition at UC Irvine Gallery. Preparing catalogue for the "Arts of the Amazon Exhibition", Orange Coast College Gallery, Summer 1994.

Editor: The Communication in the Arts project sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation of USC, won Best Community Museum Education Project, by the U.S. Department of Education. The award was given by the President of the United States of America.

Teaching

Pre-Kindergarten to Graduate School Teacher. Taught Art, Spanish, and English in New York City, and Art in Los Angeles and Orange County. Included institutions: UCLA, USC, CSULA, CSULB. Teaching "Sound Sculpture" for the Irvine Fine Arts Center, Summer 1994.

Recognized Instructor. Achieved highest instructor rating at Richmond College of the City of New York for design of the intercession course Arts for the Exceptional Child.

Art Lecturer. Periodically lectures at CSULA, Chapman University, and Bowers Museum.

International Teacher of Computer Programming. Taught in Lisbon, Portugal; Singapore; Edmonton, Canada; and throughout the United States for Unisys Corporation.

Research

Doctoral Dissertation. Established a foundation for understanding the course of sculptural development. The chairman of NYU Art Department routinely shows it to incoming candidates as an exemplary work.

Master's Dissertation. Wrote and translated, from Spanish and French, "The Published Poems of Pablo Picasso", which is in the Special Collections of the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York City. Worked with William Lieberman, the Director of Prints and Drawings of the Museum of Modern Art. Corresponded with Picasso's dealer and associates. The document is the first and only compilation of Picasso's writings.

Supervisor. Assisted in the writing of the first document on children's art in China, with Dr. Chen Chi of Bejing Normal University.

Special Achievements

Student. Studied under Mark Rothko, Hans Hoffman, Robert Motherwell, Esteban Vicente, James Wines and Ad Reinhart. Accepted as a private student of William De Kooning.

Artist. Exhibited in New York City including the Annual Drawing Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum and New England Sculpture Exhibition.

Organizer. Originated the first "Children Meet Artists" weekend open house. (Predecessor to the Venice Art Walk) Over 110 artists, many of whom are now famous, showed their studios to 2,000 children and adults. Developed and Presented at the National Art Education Conference, the first collection of children-made films from across the USA.

Skills

  • Working knowledge of Spanish and French; basic Hebrew.
  • Welding license, New York City, to create steel sculpture.
  • Violinist with Orange Coast College Symphony, Costa Mesa, CA
  • Violinist: Jewish Community Center Symphony

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